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« on: July 14, 2017, 10:39:29 PM »

I am rec crabber, 2nd season.  I understand crabbing time starts 30 min before sunrise.  Does that mean harvest time or bait in water time?  If the bait can be wet so long as i dont run it, is there a rule on when it can be set ahead of sunrise?

Is this the same with commercial guys? Or do they get in earlier and harvest earlier?
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2017, 11:01:46 PM »

You can't set your line till 1/2 hour before sunrise, commercial can set anytime, but can't work it till 1 hour before sunrise, until October, when it is sunrise, not sure if recreational time changes then too.
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2017, 07:39:29 AM »

You can't set your line till 1/2 hour before sunrise, commercial can set anytime, but can't work it till 1 hour before sunrise, until October, when it is sunrise, not sure if recreational time changes then too.

Oct. rec. time is 1/2 hour after sunrise.
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2017, 12:47:28 PM »

As a rec the start time in the am is the first instant that your baited trotline or traps/rings can legally be put in the water.  It is not the time you can start running the gear.

http://www.eregulations.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/17MDFW_LR9.pdf

Pg 40 Rec crabbing regs:

Season
April 1 through December 15.

Time of Day Restrictions

Rivers, creeks and tributaries:
• April and October through Dec. 15—one
half hour after sunrise to sunset.
• May through September—one half hour
before sunrise to sunset.

Chesapeake Bay Mainstem:
• April and October through Dec. 15—one
half hour after sunrise to 5:00 p.m.
• May through September—one half hour
before sunrise to 5:00 p.m.
Using properly registered crab pots on
private property, dip nets or handlines is
permitted 24 hours a day.
Day of Week Restrictions

No recreational crabbing is allowed on
Wednesdays except:
• When using crab pots from private property;
• When using handlines or dip nets;
• During a week when a state or federal
holiday falls on a Wednesday or Thursday
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2017, 09:08:32 AM »

Just adding my self in, everyone is spot on.

Rec cannot soak their gear before start time which at thisntime is .5 hr before sunrise

Comm. Can have gear in water, but can't fish them until 1 he before sunrise.

Comm. Start time is always .5 hr before rec guys.  So it's always best to check for boats in the area before you lay in the dark
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